Dogs are extremely loyal and affectionate pets. While dogs are known for being quite affectionate throughout their entire lifespan, there’s more to owning a dog when you’re raising kids than simply having a furry companion. Dogs are good for kids through many stages in life and here are the top 4 reasons a dog is good for kids.
Encourages Physical Activity
Many dogs enjoy playing, running and jumping around. Your kids will enjoy these playtime adventures with your furry companion. Dogs are a fun way to get the kids active and in turn, helps encourage physical activity without you having to push the kids away from electronics to get outside. Kids will enjoy playing fetch and running around kicking a ball with their furry family member on a regular basis.
Owning a dog brings about new responsibilities for your kids to help with. Everything from feeding, grooming to walking and playing with your dog are tasks that your kids can help with. When you enlist your kids in doggy duty, they learn about responsibilities in a fun, creative way that doesn’t feel like work. Making responsibility fun will encourage your kids to be more responsible in other areas too.
Can Help an Only Child
When raising an only child it may seem like they are lonely at times. No siblings to play or bicker with could bring about the sense of desire to have a friend around. When you own a dog and have one child, you’re helping to create a bond that they normally would get from siblings. It’s a wonderful bond that helps create magical moments for an only child who doesn’t have siblings to share those moments with.
Good Mental Health
Dogs have been proven to help adults as well as kids to cope with high stress and anxious moments. Just the simple act of talking to a dog can calm the nerves of any human being. When a kid is speaking to a dog the part of their brain that protects them from saying certain things, doesn’t trigger. This helps your kids to use their dog as a therapeutic tool to get through difficult times.
As you can see, dogs are a good option to have when raising kids. They can bring about a new level of excitement, calm an anxious kid or simply act as another part of teaching life lessons to kids. If you are considering owning a dog, I hope you will take these reasons into consideration as a means to inspire you to purchase your next family dog.